Friday, November 28, 2008

Disgusting

So coming off of the Micah Project and the Sustenance Diet, I had a new perspective on this Thanksgiving.  And then I read about a 34 year old Wal-mart employee who was killed Friday morning...killed by stampeding customers who literally trampled him to death.  Apparently, "dozens" of store employees tried to help the man but were also being trampled.  I'm disgusted.  Literally, disgusted.  What were these people after?  To quote the article;


Items on sale at the store included a Samsung 50-inch Plasma HDTV for $798, a Bissel Compact Upright Vacuum for $28, a Samsung 10.2 megapixel digital camera for $69 and DVDs such as "The Incredible Hulk" for $9.

So, a few people were in line for an $800 TV and everyone else beyond that was waiting for some special deal of $69 or less?  And for that, the crowd trampled and killed someone?

So why am I posting these thoughts on a blog about worship?  Honestly, I don't know...I just had to say something.  I guess because this type of American behavior is so opposite of where God has led me the past month.  We have SO MUCH; and the thought of waiting in line 8 hours and then trampling somone so I can save $50 on an HDTV is just so disgusting.  It's heart-wrenching.  Most of the world lives on $2 a day, and here we are killing people over a TV or a video game or a movie...which leads me to be reminded of "the weightier matters of the law," mercy, justice.  I guess because I'm so heart-broken over such a senseless loss of life.  I pray that God is somehow able to work good in this situation...and that somehow, we will never let this happen again.

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